Does this listing belong to you or your company?

Create an account now and claim this listing.

Shabelle News

News Politics Media

Shabelle News

Full Description

The Shabelle Media Network was founded in 2002 in Merca, Somalia by a group of young Somali intellectuals. Its mission was to ensure that Somalis around the world remain abreast of developments within the Somali community and in touch with each other.[2]
The network’s first phase was focused on airing to Africa, Asia and Australia via Thaicom 3 satellite. In 2005, it expanded to include satellite broadcasts to North America and Europe.[2]
SMN’s Radio Shabelle slowly grew to become one of Somalia’s most respected privately owned radio stations,[3] airing from 6 a.m. to midnight.[4] It later relocated its headquarters to the national capital, Mogadishu.[2]
Prior to Mogadishu’s pacification by the Somali National Army in mid-2011, the independent Radio Shabelle, among other Somali media outlets, was frequently targeted by Islamist militants.[5] Among the casualties during this most volatile 2007-2011 period was Radio Shabelle’s acting manager, Bashir Nur Gedi, who was killed on October 19, 2007. In 2009, the station’s director Mukhtar Mohamed Hirabe was also assassinated.[6]
After their ouster, the insurgents resorted to issuing death threats and targeted assassinations in order to discourage reporting on their activities.[7] Due to frustration at the increasing number of expatriate journalists returning to the capital after the relative improvement in security, the militants in 2012 intensified their anti-media campaign,[8] killing four SMN reporters during the year, including director Hassan Osman Abdi.[9]
Despite the attempted intimidation, journalists have persisted in covering the war beat.[7] Through membership in the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), reporters are also spearheading a governmental initiative to reform the 2007 Somali media law.[10]